Do you want to help the children in your life discover stillness, calm, confidence, and resilience?
Mindfulness training has been to shown to reduce the severity of depression, anxiety and ADHD in children.
Mindfulness builds resilience by giving children skills to help them to cope better with stress, as well as engage more fully with themselves and the world.
Now, the book am about to review helps children control their negative emotion and also helps in teaching them on meditation.
In this review, i will take you through what the book is ,what it talks about,its cost and finally my thoughts about the book.
I will try all my best to give you every single detail about this book and if by any chance i do not tackle one of the things you really wanted,you can as well ask in the comments area and i will be happy to help you out .
Lets then,get started on this book’s review:
Name : Moody Cow Meditates
Author: Kerry MacLean
Best Place to Buy: www.amazon.com
Reading Level : 4-8 years
Publisher : Wisdom Publications
Publication Date : September 1, 2009
What It Is
This is a book that develop greater joy and concentration through the practices of mindfulness and meditation.
This vibrant and funny children’s book is a playful way to introduce children to the power of meditation.
With full color illustrations by the author, Moody Cow Meditates is a wonderful book for parents and children to share together.
Kerry Lee MacLean is author and illustrator of three best-selling and award-winning series of picture books: The Peaceful Piggy Meditation series, the Moody Cow Meditates series and the Pigs Over Colorado series.
She has been leading family meditative arts workshops of all kinds at Shambhala Meditation centers in Europe, Australia and North America for 15 years.
Kerry collaborated with 4,000 Boulder elementary school children on the writing and sketches for Pigs Over Boulder 2, which was released November, 2012, and Moody Cow Learns Compassion had also been released .
Her next book will be for parents and kids together: The Family Meditation Workbook.
She is the mother of five young adults who still employ meditation as an important tool in their busy lives.
What The Book Talks About
Peter, a cow, earns the nickname Moody Cow after experiencing “one stupid rotten day when everything went wrong.” It begins with a bad dream about a giant three-eyed alien and goes downhill from there when his sister draws on his brand-new skateboard, he is forced to ride his bike to school in the snow, and on the way home he scrapes his knee and crashes into his father’s truck.
In response to such a terrible day, he explodes in anger, throwing his baseball through the window of his home.
Peter, now called Moody Cow by everyone in the neighborhood, meets with his wise grandfather teaches him about meditation using a Mind Jar.
For every angry thought, he is invited to put a inch of sparkles in the jar of water. This exercises shows him the futility of venting anger and the value of naming it and observing how it can settle down into peace and silence.
All children, like adults, have moody cow days. This salty, satisfying, and clever book points to meditation as an effective tool for dealing with anger. Meditating with the Mind Jar even becomes a daily practice for Peter and his grandfather.
Moody Cow Meditates includes instructions for how to make a mind jar which is a glass jar filled with water and glitter, the glitter representing our thoughts and emotions.
You shake the jar, watch the glitter swirl, and then notice how the glitter eventually settles mirroring the impact mindfulness meditation has on thoughts and emotions.
Now lets look at how to bring the practice of mindfulness to your children, here are a few suggestions of things you can do:
1.Go for a sense walk in nature or in your neighborhood.
Explain to your child that you are going to play a game to feed your senses, as they are hungry! The object of the game is to see how many things you can notice through seeing, hearing touching, and smelling.
It will be much easier to notice things if you are silent during the observation times. The amount of time you spend per sense will depend on the age of the child; It is recommended about 2-5 minutes.
In silence, notice what you see, then report back to each other your observations. Then walk in silence for a few minutes, noticing what you hear.
Again, share your observations with each other. Then walk in silence and spend a few minutes touching things.
Share your findings. Lastly, what do you smell? Compare notes. Did you observe the same things? Were some different? Is there a special thing your child really wants to show you? Go look and notice all the details- like you were seeing it for the first time.
2. Play Musical Instruments.
Choose 3-5 instruments you have at home such as a rattle, shaker, tambourine, bell, drum, harmonica, whistle, or any noisemaker.
If you don’t have actual instruments it’s fine to make them by putting rocks, sand, dry beans or uncooked pasta in a tight container, using an empty cylinder oatmeal box as a drum, tapping a spoon on a glass, etc… (You can have your child help make the instruments too!) Then have your child close his/her eyes.
Tell him/her that you are going to play each instrument, and their job is to listen closely and see if he/she can tell you the correct order you played the instruments.
Then, switch up the order and do it again! If your child struggles to get the order correct, eliminate an instrument to make it a little easier. You can add one back in once he/she gets the hang of it!
3. Introduce the idea of mindfulness meditation.
There are a few books out there for children, including Moody Cow Meditates and Frog’s Breathtaking Speech.
In addition to reading books, carve out 2-5 minutes to sit together as a family each day and feel the breath.
If you want you can create a special place to do this- the corner of a room is fine- and have every member of the family place a special object (photo, object from nature, etc.) on a small table or in a special bowl.
Try to let this be a relaxed experience- if your child gets up and begins doing other things, continue with your practice as best you can and invite your child to return and join you.
Modeling your own practice- even if your child is not interested- will demonstrate that you value it.
You’ll love Moody Cow Meditates because it :
Teaches kids how to handle their negative emotions
Encourages mindfulness and meditation
Is funny and easy-to-read
Has full-color illustrations by the author throughout
Includes exercises to make your own meditation jar at home
Best Place to Buy The Book
The best place I recommend you buy the book is on Amazon. The price there is fair and according to my research, it is the most trusted online store at the moment. It will also be very convenient for you to buy there if you were planning to do more online shopping today.
This is a great book with so much to teach children about how to meditate and also assist parents on how to help their kids meditate.
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as your questions.
I hope you found this review useful to you.